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5 Tips to Remember For Your Kids’ Medicine Safety

When it comes to medicines and kids, there are a few tips that will make your life a little easier. Read on!

1. Keep all medications out of reach and sight of your children. Even medicine that you take daily.

Medication Safety - Newport County Prevention Coalition

Children are naturally curious and can get into things like medicine and vitamins if kept in places where they can reach them.


2. Keep in mind that child-resistant packaging is not childproof.

Child-Resistant Packaging - eAntidote

While a child-resistant medicine container can slow down a child attempting to open it, it is not childproof, so store medicine after each use and, if necessary, give another dose in a few hours.


3. Include medication safety in your childproofing checklist.

Home Safety Checklist for Alzheimer's Disease | National Institute on Aging

As your child develops new skills and becomes more mobile, expect to continue assessing and changing where you keep medicine.


4. Store the poison helpline phone number in your phone: 1-800-222-1222.

Call poison control, 1-800-222-1222, for lifesaving treatment info

Poison control specialists offer free, confidential expert medical advice 24 hours a day to help with poison emergencies and answer medication questions.


5. Inform family and friends about medication safety.

Families are struggling to use medicines at home — we must truly involve  them in their own safety - The Pharmaceutical Journal

Adults must understand how to keep children safe around medicine when with other caregivers or visiting another home.